GOV: The campaign of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) released a two-minute ad, “Hope: Julie’s Story,” telling the story of a mother whose son was paralyzed in the Sutherland Springs mass shooting.

LTGOV: The campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) released a new ad focused on career tech education.

SD2: Former Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) endorsed Democratic challenger Kendall Scudder over Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood). Deuell lost the 2014 Republican runoff to Hall.

HD66: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano).

HD70: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Democratic challenger Julie Luton over Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney).

HD102: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Linda Koop (R-Dallas).

HD105: The Dallas Morning News endorsed Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie).

SEN: The campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R) released a list of endorsements (PDF) from 96 sheriffs, roughly half of the Republican sheriffs in the state.

CD7: “Mattress Mack” endorsed U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) in an ad for his work on Hurricane Harvey recovery.

Meanwhile, the media tracking firm Advertising Analytics found that the CD7 race is one of the five “hottest House races identified by the most political ad spending” through September 30. At $14.4M, the race ranks fifth behild CO06 ($17.0M), WA08 ($15.7M), PA01 ($15.0M) and FL26 ($14.5M).

CD23: The National Republican Congressional Committee released a new ad, “No Matter,” accusing Gina Ortiz Jones of supporting another round of military base closures.

CD32: The campaign of U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) released a new ad, “Arrows,” featuring a campaign sign that’s having a bad day.

TEXPAC Endorsements: The Texas Medical Assoc.’s TEXPAC released its list of general election endorsements. The group generally endorsed incumbents and open-seat candidates of the party currently holding the seat. The lone exceptions were Julie Johnson, the Democratic challenger of Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving), and John Turner, the Democratic nominee in open HD114.

Obama Endorsements: Former President Barack Obama endorsed Democratic candidates in nine Texas races as part of a “second wave” of midterm endorsements. He endorsed five state House candidates including three challengers:

  • Rhetta Bowers for open HD113
  • Julie Johnson, challenging Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) in HD115
  • Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) in HD100
  • Terry Meza, challenging Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) in HD105; and
  • Ana-Maria Ramos, challenging Rep. Linda Koop (R-Dallas) in HD102

Obama endorsed four congressional candidates including two challengers:

  • Veronica Escobar for open CD16
  • Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, challenging U.S. Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) in CD7
  • Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) for open CD29; and
  • Gina Ortiz Jones, challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) in CD23.

Obama previously endorsed congressional challengers Colin Allred, who is running against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), and Adrienne Bell, who is running against U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland).

Campaign Finance: Sunday was the last day of the quarterly period for federal candidates to accept contributions for their October quarterly reports, which are due October 15. Federal candidates file a pre-general election report by October 25, which will cover the first 17 days of October, and 48-hour reports for contributions accepted after October 17.

September 27 was the last day of the reporting period for state, legislative and local candidates’ 30-day-out reports, which are due October 9. Those candidates will file an 8-day-out report on October 29, which covers contributions received between September 28 and October 27. Thereafter, candidates file pre-election reports.

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